TORONTO — Veteran actor John Rhys-Davies is taking a page from baseball legend Babe Ruth in predicting the commercial prospects of the upcoming film adaptation of “Lord Of The Rings.”
Like Ruth, Rhys-Davies is calling his own shot, confidently declaring that the first installment of Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy will, metaphorically speaking, score the biggest home-run in motion picture history.
“‘Lord Of The Rings’ is going to be the most successful film of all time,” Rhys-Davies declares in his booming baritone, while holding court with reporters in Toronto to promote the opening of the “Journey To Middle-earth” exhibit of props and costumes from the movie.
“This is a phenomenal film,” enthuses Rhys-Davies, who portrays the stout-hearted dwarf Gimli in the film, which opens Dec. 19.
“This is going to make Peter Jackson into that super-league of directors in the world. Everything about this film, in my experience, was superlative.”
Rhys-Davies and his co-star, Dominic Monaghan (who plays the hobbit Meriadoc Brandybuck), were seated Tuesday afternoon in the dark wood splendour of Toronto’s Casa Loma, which is hosting the exhibit from Oct. 31 to Nov. 11.
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